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I'm Going to Japan!

My name is Na Dong-guk. I'm a junior in the Dept. of Japanese Lang. & Lit. at Dongguk University. I will go to Japan to study Japanese. Actually, to become fluent, talking with native speakers as much as possible is better than studying books. Going to Japan is a good opportunity to improve my Japanese. However, I don't know concretely what I have to do to prepare for going to Japan. I saw an advertisement about an explanatory meeting of Japan Working Holiday visa by Japan Korea Working Holiday Association (JKWHA) while I was surfing the Internet. What is a working holiday program? I don't exactly know what it is, but I'll try to attend the explanatory meeting.
Most web sites related to working holiday define "Working Holiday" as follows: The working holiday visa enables young people of countries that have made working holiday agreements with each other to undertake certain kinds of short-term work during their stays and supplement their travel funds. The purpose of the visa is to promote mutual understanding and exchanges and provide young people an opportunity to experience and understand diverse cultures and lifestyles of partner countries. Korea initiated its Working Holiday Program first with Australia in July 1995, then with Canada in January 1996, and with Japan and New Zealand in April and May 1999 respectively.
Is a Working Holiday visa to find out the answer to this question only a tourist visa? I went to the meeting.
The meeting was held around the middle of January. It precisely informed participants about the necessary papers which they had to prepare for their visa. Before receiving a visa, your papers are twice screened. At the first screening, the Japanese Embassy (Applicants who live in Gyeongsang-Do send the papers to the Japanese Embassy at Pusan, Jeju Island citizens send them to Jeju Embassy and other citizens use the Seoul Embassy.) selects applicants from papers which were written for the purpose of going to Japan in English or Japanese and a self-introduction. After passing the first screening, applicants will prepare for a second screening of papers. The staff of JKWHA said, "The most important thing is the purpose of going to Japan. There are no examinations for getting a visa. The Japanese Embassy selects working holiday makers only through their papers. Success or failure in getting your working holiday visa depends on the purpose."
I asked a question. "Can't I study Japanese at school legally while I stay in Japan on a Working Holiday visa?" Ms. Cho, a counselor of JKWHA, said, "Yes, you can. While there are many people who go to Japan for studying something like you, there are some people who go for only the object of travel. The common thing is you can earn money for your study or travel. It is impossible without a Working Holiday visa."
I can study Japanese while working at a part-time job? Yes! Thus, I don't need to worry about the cost of living during my stay in Japan. I decided to send my papers to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.
I must hurry. The first screening of papers is done from the middle of February to the beginning of March. I can get help from associations, groups or companies related to working holiday for preparing my papers in English or Japanese. However, I am going to do it by myself.
Na Dong-guk will Maybe I'll be in Japan at this time next year!!!


Working-Holiday Pusan - 051-441-0400
                          www.whpusan.com
Working-Holiday Korea - 02-722-6114
                          www.whvisa.co.kr
Association of Korean Working Holiday - 02-775-7756
                          www.workingholidaykorea.co.kr
Janet Working Holiday Association - 080-723-1505
                          www.j-workingholiday.com

Kim Hye-jeong  bbejeoi@dgu.edu

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